Friday 17 November 2017

Taxpayers are kept in the dark on mandarins' mystery pay increases

The highest-paid civil servants will soon earn even more - but don't expect any transparency

'Figures previously obtained by the Sunday Independent showed a civil servant earning €100,000 a year is expected to get a pay hike of almost €7,000, while those earning €120,000 will see their salary increase by more than €8,000.' (Stock picture)
'Figures previously obtained by the Sunday Independent showed a civil servant earning €100,000 a year is expected to get a pay hike of almost €7,000, while those earning €120,000 will see their salary increase by more than €8,000.' (Stock picture)
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Like it or not, the cold reality is high-ranking civil servants run the country. Politicians come and go. Some stay longer than others. Some leave a lasting legacy, while others are little more than a footnote in the history books.

When an election is called, those who have been successful enough to become ministers gather up their belongings from their desks before saying goodbye to their departmental staff. The secretary general of the department will be standing at the door waving them off as the politician packs their personal effects into the boot of their car.

Then they close the door and wait for the next minister.

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